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Dear Readers,

My word folks, how surprised was

I to see the amount of comments

and inputs that came into the Valley

Wings Editorial office after the release

of the last issue. Thanks for all of your

ideas and suggestions, we on the VW

team find it uplifting that so many of our

readers take a keen interest in what goes

into the magazine, so please keep it up. I

did giggle when someone asked, ‘why is

there a picture of a police helicopter on

the front cover?’ I can assure everyone

that I haven’t taken on another secondary

duty as OIC traffic police liaison, (even

though I’m on 9 points) no the picture

was indeed one of SARTU’s mighty Bell

helicopters, that’s right the reliable ones

that start every morning. The yellow

and black has something to do with

conspicuity allegedly.

Isn’t summer great? Ice cream and cool

beer my word that’ll help the diet. No to

be serious for a moment, as a newcomer

to the Island I am really taken by the

absolute beauty of this island. From the

air as well it is so apparent to see why

people flock here in their thousands. The

sea is tremendously clear and the beaches

clean and long, reminding me in many

ways of the Channel Islands, (certainly

not as pricey). I am really looking forward

to the summer and all that it brings, after

all how many RAF stations can you walk

out of your crewroom door and within a

150 yards you’re standing on a gorgeous

sandy beach!

Thanks again for all of your articles and

doing your best to get them into the Ed’s

office on time. Sian is obviously very busy

at deadline time, so if you can get them in

earlier rather than later, then that has an

enormous affect on the smooth running

of the office, not to mention that the Ed’s

bump will soon be with us, good luck.

Talking of memorable moments, with

England’s sad departure from the World

Cup, there are now fewer excuses not to

get out and about and enjoy the summer

here at Valley, so don’t forget to take your

camera and drop us a line.

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Station Commander's Foreword

by Group Captain Tony Barmby

School holidays will be well under

way when you receive this edition

of ‘Valley Wings’. For those of you

with young children especially, I hope

that we can look forward to more fine

weather opportunities such as we’ve

enjoyed to date. Then we can really

get out and enjoy all those beach and

other outdoor activities. Some of you

will have enjoyed the Station Raft Race

that took place on one of those recent

glorious sunny days, during which a

total of about £450 was raised for

Station charities. A big thank you goes

to the race organisers, and especially to

Ocean Innovative Software Solutions,

our ‘Flight Pro’ programming system

makers, for sponsoring the food at the

great barbecue that followed the race.

Many other people have been raising

money for charity in various ways, and

the Station charities’ account is healthy

and dispersing funds on a regular basis.

Such activities included the Search and

Rescue Training Unit and their cycle ride in

aid of the North Wales Chrysalis Trust. The

Trust provides information, counselling

and support to families who have a

child diagnosed with a life-threatening

or terminal illness. I’m pleased to note

that the Chrysalis service is expanding

onto Anglesey and that RAF Valley is

providing an initial office base in the

Learning Centre for the Trust’s activities

until hospital accommodation becomes


Talking of community services, we’ve

said goodbye finally to stand-in dentist,

John Davies, who did a fabulous job for

us, coming out of retirement. Finally,

we now have a properly appointed new

Station dentist and who has at last joined

us at RAF Valley. A big welcome goes to

Paul Brocklehurst and his wife Nicky. Now

I know he treats only Service personnel

and I have heard reports that Service

families have problems accessing local

NHS dental services. Unless we continue

to push facts up the Chain of Command

our policy makers at MOD may believe

that all is sweetness and light ‘out in the

sticks’. I intend to canvass more widely

for facts and will be asking for your

experiences via a survey.

Turning now to our Station flying

tasks. With the good weather, the

rescue operations of our ‘C’ Flight SAR

brethren have seen a subtle shift to more

waterborne and summer related call-outs.

I think a key message is please be careful on

the water, especially with small inflatable

boats! The main Station task, Hawk

combat pilot training, has progressed

well in the last couple of months. We

are now halfway through the Indian Air

Force training programme. Everything

is going well. Our Indian students are

making their mark here at Valley in more

ways than just flying. Several students are

regular players for the Amlwch cricket

team and I understand that the team’s

averages have been climbing recently.

Flying courses are graduating on time

and staff manning levels are such that

instructors, as well as other folk from

around the Station, have been able to

get away on various activities. These have

included a diving expedition and also two

Force Development exercises, involving

the study of air campaigns and other

Second World War battles. One exercise

also included a tour of the Houses of

Parliament, hosted by our local MP,

Albert Owen. Things have been more

challenging on the Search And Rescue

Training Unit. Whilst we all enjoy fine

calm weather, the Griffin helicopter

has to observe limitations on hovering.

A decent headwind is needed to cope

with moving safely into forward flight in

case an engine fails. As it happens, an

engine failed recently. It was a very rare

occurrence, but it proved the need to

stick to the operating manual. Therefore,

keeping SARTU aircrew training output

going has been hard work.

We’ve also had a very busy period for

visits, including the Under Secretary of

State for Defence, Tom Watson, AOC

Training Group and AOC 2 Group. There

have been numerous other visits ranging

from foreign air force delegations to

schools. Of particular importance are the

Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet

Force Camps. Supporting these youth

organisations is a key priority for our AOC.

RAF Valley is fortunate to be able to offer

a wide range of activities to these young

people. I know it takes not inconsiderable

effort to deliver the quality of experience

for which we have become renowned.

Many thanks to all of you who have, or

will, contribute to this busy period of ATC

and CCF Camps, which will continue right

through August.

Anyway, time to close, so let me finish

by wishing you all a great summer holiday,

whether you are staying here on Anglesey,

or are making a break elsewhere. Do look

around at the various Station activities,

clubs and societies. Of course, family

members and contractors are welcome to

join and take part. I do hope that you take

a proper break. Anyone on the Station

with leave remaining should be given the

opportunity to take some time away from

work during the summer months. I would

like to know if you are not.

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19 (F) Squadron News

G’day readers and a warm, moist and sticky summer

welcome to the best thing you’ve read since this time

last edition. Yes, it’s sad that we’re out of the World Cup,

but allow me to temporarily lift you out of the slump by regaling

you with stories of flying, sewing and degree-level buffoonery,

the likes of which you have come to expect from some of the

regular protagonists.

Now I know you’re all on tenterhooks, waiting to find out who

has been awarded the latest 19 Sqn Boy Racer of the month

award, so with that in mind, I’ll make you wait a bit longer and

tell you at the end.....

First of all, I must congratulate the happy, laughing, family like

Sqn of bizarrely dressed trimmers across the runway for finally

achieving a ‘joke’ in their last article. I’m sure you’ll all join me

in saying a big ‘good show’ to all concerned. Of particular note

was the way they amazingly managed to spread this one ‘joke’

out time and again over two whole pages; this is in no small way,

testament to their patience, determination and commitment to

the good name of humour. Thank God we wore our g-pants,

otherwise our sides would have split.......... (Ps that was a

routine tannoy)

Anyway, back to some mundane, blunty-triv kind of stuff

for a second. A big ‘well done’ and a fond ‘Fear’ ‘get lost’ to

TW32 who, by the time you read this, will be at least half way

to the far corner of Scotchland for their OCU. Nice one lads,

and remember, it could be worse - think of the trimmers for

starters! A warm ‘Fear’ welcome to ‘Party Girl’ AKA Cpl Ward

who joins our elite band of Ops staff from somewhere in London

village - near the swings I think. She has replaced Cpl Bosworth

who was with us briefly before tabbing off to IOT. Best of luck

Tanya - ‘The Situation Is.......’ Another fond farewell goes out

to the amazingly titled Paul ‘Larni’ Laugharne, who is leaving us

for another stripe on his shoulder and some desk based bzzzzz

bzzzzzz..... Take care Larni and best of luck for the future - that

Mahogany bomber should handle well....

The Squadron has been incredibly busy over the last few weeks

under the guise of OP ‘Spend as little time at Valley as possible’.

This resulted in more landaways and dets than you could shake

a big shaky thing at. It is worth mentioning here that the

appalling sight of Scaramanga the grand master and Gimli son

of Linus was reported in and around the licensed establishments

of Scotchland, striking fear into even the QWIs. The QWIs elect

have finished the shouting at each other phase called CQWI at

the station of Legends AKA Leuchars. At the same time, TW33

raced through the AD phase despite being ‘co-located’ in the

handily placed town of Perth. Not two moments later, TW32

had escaped up there too for their SAP / OP det, while the staff

proceeded to spread themselves all over the world. Nice.

While the intellectual upper echelons of the Station, enhanced

themselves further on a tour of Northern Europe vaguely near

WW2 battlefields, the also rans went on the underwater diving

fat fighters trip to Egypt (eye of a needle supplied). One member

of the party in particular seemed more at home in the water

than the others - he was often seen at dusk lurking in the

shallow beach waters with his eight tentacles spread as far out

as possible, hoping to ‘squid’ any unwary bathers....

You’ll all be pleased to hear of the happy and somewhat

amusing end to the flight safety incident which happened over

here on 19 a few weeks ago. After Flt Lt e-Bay had taxied out

and taken off, his line chief noticed a strange black oily mess

on his overalls and panicked. Fearing some kind of serious

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aircraft leak, the studious engineer grabbed the phone and ATC

recalled the aircraft. Little did anyone realise however, that Flt

Lt e-Bay was on the way to his annual ‘Just For Men’ hair dye

conference and had crammed the pannier with one too many

of his favourite products. Cool.

In line with other defence projects, 19's very own ‘Birdscare

2000’ is developing nicely and should be ready for an OEU some

time in the next few years (or so...). Only the other week, we

demonstrated its capability again by sending up Flt Lt Dalek

who performed a lesser seen 25 NASP intercept on some now

even lesser seen rare bird of prey. Good work - worth far more

points than a seagull.

So, without further ado, I can now reveal that the new Boy-

Racer of the month is none other than one of our very own

programmers, Sgt Windmiller. He excelled himself while on one

of his recent chav rallies, taking in all of the drive-through take

away joints in North Wales, by filling up his petrol car completely

with diesel. Don’t feel bad fella, it could happen to anyone - if

only they colour coded the pumps.......

In an effort to uphold the good name of the Station with those

dirty underhand weasels fighting their dirty underhand war, we

invited up those splendid chaps from the Metropolitan Police

traffic division, in London Village (the feds). They wanted to see

how military flying was done, so badly - but alas the trimmers

were busy, so we hosted them instead. A good show on the

organisational front goes out to Flt Lt Farmer Giles and his new

‘bunch’ of mates. Cushion anyone?.....

A big congratulations must go out to the fancy dress clowns

on 208 for finally reaching their 90th anniversary. You’ve all

done very well, although past squadron members, spotters and

mathematicians alike seemed confused during the flypasts;

was that a parallelogram 9 or a rhombus 9?.... (and that was

an operational tannoy). Whilst I’m on the subject, I can now

reveal that the response to our ‘Let's decorate the trimmers’

competition has been fantastic. In fact only the other day, the

adj was seen wandering around the Sqn carrying two huge mail

bags which I can only assume were full of readers' competition

entries - of course the Sqn wagon has been cleaned,

so they could have been full of dog hair. Please

keep them coming in, we can probably string

this one out until Christmas. As it is such a

happy place for the whole trimming family,

here is the Sqn Morale Officer badge.......

Now, it has been brought to my attention

by certain members of the Station that they

are fed up with people like myself poking fun

at the hapless trimmers all of the time, and that

their particular section never receives any banter,

and consequently feels left out. So, to all of you pen-pushing,

nibbler-scribbler, blotter-jotter, rubber desk johnnies who

divide your time between unloading lorry loads of paperclips,

straightening chairs, taking two-hour breaks for your threecourse

blunty lunches and NOT doing any of our admin, I can

only apologise. I will spare you a thought some time soon -

not right now though; you see, as that ridiculous JPA farce has

messed up our pay and allowances on a biblical scale, we’ve all

taken second jobs to make up the shortfall. So, I’m off dig up

the road through the camp........ Byeeeee

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208 Sqn News

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It has been a busy couple of months

for 208 Sqn. We have welcomed

new students, said goodbye to old

ones, participated in the Prince of Wales

Competition and held a celebration of the

Sqn’s 90th Anniversary.

The Prince of Wales Competition was

a great opportunity to foster relations

between the two squadrons and for

the 208 Sqn instructors to have a go at

bombing and firing the gun on the Hawk.

The creamies in particular relished the

chance and found it unbelievably pleasing

to critique the 19(Fuel) Sqn QWI’s for

their circuits. Fortunately in the debriefs

afterwards nobody conducted a ‘Mk 1

Heasman.’ In fact it has been a dry period

on 19(Fuel) Sqn, so much so that two of

their staff have been tasked with soiling

all the unused Kleenex tissues. They are a

little small to use as panty liners though,

you need proper nappies when soiling

yourself with the Red Arrows. The albino

instructor has also been seen to shed

a tear or two whilst watching Finding

Nemo. Is Jaws a bit too scary for you?

Unfortunately due to poor weather in

South Wales, the competition had to be

cancelled and will be rescheduled later

in the year. We all thank the staff on

19(Fuel) Sqn for giving some of us the

chance to have a go, and look forward to

doing it again soon. Unfortunately when

one of the 208 Sqn staff was late for a

sortie brief, due to a Flt Pro faff, one of

the Sqn Ldrs, with a name sounding like

Nemo, was heard to say ‘That’s why he is

on 208 and not on 19!’ Is that what the

difference between the two squadrons is?

After being late with his six-ship airfield

attack for our 90th he his hoping to get

posted to 208 Sqn soon!

The Sqn also supported the Queen’s

birthday parade in Gibraltar as part of

an Overseas Training Flight. Two jets

made the long journey to the great rock,

stopping off enroute in Jersey and Monte

Real for fuel and refreshments. On arrival

at Gibraltar there was a practice of the

flypast to ensure that the timing plan

would work. Gibraltar is nestled in a

corner of Spanish airspace that we are

not allowed to fly in. Whilst this is not

normally a problem the nature of the

flypast necessitated a run over the island

from the South followed by a hard turn

to avoid the airspace. The flypast was

conducted the next day to coincide with

a 21 Gun salute and the practice the day

before had indeed been time well spent.

The flypast was a success with some

invaluable overseas training.

Since the last article we have welcomed

V102 course to the Sqn and have said

farewell to V97, V98 and IAF 6. Good

luck on your next stage of training. As

if by magic, the Grads all coincided with

the Sqn’s 90th Anniversary celebrations.

The day started off with guests arriving

at lunchtime, many of whom were able

to stay throughout the day and into the

evening. Static displays were provided

in the form of a Harrier, Jaguar, Hunter

and Strikemaster. Numerous airfield

attacks from front line aircraft were also

conducted and there was the Hawk

display from Perty. All the graduating

officers were involved in the traditional

nine-ship flypast which marked the

end of the afternoon’s activities. Guests

were also shown around the Sqn and

encouraged to meet serving and past

members of the Sqn, with many telling

stories of what it was like to serve on 208

Sqn in the good old days.

The evening event started off with the

traditional presentation of certificates and

prizes to the graduating officers from the

Stn Commander. This was then followed

by a dinner with the dining room being

packed full of current and past members

of the Sqn. The Mess staff provided us

with the usual excellent service and kept

the wine flowing throughout the evening!

Not wanting to break with tradition we

all adjourned to the bar to continue to

share stories until the late hours of the


Until the next article, enjoy the summer,

fly safe and land with enough fuel!

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C Flt 22 Squadron

Sorry it’s been a while folks, the Big Chopper was U/S for

last month's article. But you will be pleased to know that

I’m back, firing on all cylinders and doing what I do best...

And as soon as I find out what that is I’ll let you know.

Now I feel it is my duty to make you all aware of the new

opsie over on C Flight. He may seem like a quiet, keeps

himself to himself kind of guy; but I know different! During

his younger years Jamie Tyrell was the John Travolta of the

nineties, respected in nightclubs throughout the land for

his ability to set the dance floor alight. So talented, his skills

were just too much for the dance floor. That’s right, in order

to contain his super fly disco moves, they gave him his own

cage. Sadly, his fame was short lived. The pressure of being in

such high demand proved too much for young Jamie and he

decided to hang up his dancing shoes for good. However he

has been known to strut his stuff whilst under the influence,

so next time you see that quiet, shy, SAC sitting in the corner

of AKA’s, buy him a drink or two and watch the crazy little

monkey go. Welcome to C Flt Jamie! A few more arrivals

are Sgt Mario Testa (the big guy from down south) and by a

pure stroke of genius from the OCU, Flt Lt PJ Howard. Why

a stroke of genius I hear you ask, well combined with Flt Lt

Duncan Tough, the fantastic rap duo, PJ and Duncan are back...

Let's get ready to rumble!

Melody has finally had enough, or is it the crews, either way

the adjutant we have all come to know and love is leaving...

Ahh. I’m sure everyone will miss Mel’s bubbly personality and

her eagerness to please. Mel’s can do, positive attitude has

been an experience for us all. All the best for the future Mel.

The lovely Justine has departed the land of squip too. Poor

Chris and Mark hardly get any visitors anymore. Good luck

on civy street Justine, we’ll all miss you.

As predicted the hot weather brought with it loads of

rescues, if I wrote about them all we could almost take over

the centre spread. One particularly busy week required 122

for a total of eight rescues. The majority being mountain jobs

ensured the guys only got to see most of the great weather

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from inside the big yellow flying hot box known as the Sea

King. The SAR Force Commander even had an eventful shift,

taking the right hand seat for two jobs, the first being a young

female walker with a dislocated knee. 122 was diverted from

training, returned to Valley for a refuel and picked up two MRT.

Once on board 122 proceeded to the scene 2NM North East

of Llanberis. 122 landed near to a group of school children

on the hillside which the casualty was part of. Chas and

the two members of the MRT departed the aircraft and 122

proceeded to pick up an additional four members of Llanberis

MRT who were also delivered to the casualty site. Once the

casualty was ready for lift, 122 proceeded to Bangor hospital

whilst receiving details of another rescue.

There had been a female faller on a part of Tryfan known

as Heather Terrace. Still with two Valley MRT on board, 122

returned for a refuel and then proceeded to the casualty’s

position. 122 deployed Chas, the Valley MRT and two Ogwen

MRT that were collected on route with the casualty and landed

to wait for Chas’s call to lift. Once ready, 122 recovered Chas

and the casualty and proceeded to back to Bangor hospital. A

good day's work done, 122 picked up the MRT that had been

left sunbathing on the side of the hill and returned to Valley.

The crew were Gp Capt Gardener, The Boss, John Stevens,

Chas and Andy Batchelor.

Now cast your mind back to the beginning of January, a

five-day search for a missing person in Snowdonia. And

despite our best efforts we still found nothing. However,

remember the saying that good things come to those who

wait. Well they are not always good. On 17 June we found

the missing person, a whole five months later and in serious

need of some Right Guard extreme. The lucky crew that came

up not exactly smelling of roses were, The Boss, Lee Turner,

John Stevens and Chas.

Well that’s about it for this issue, remember to work hard,

play hard and most of all play safe. Oh, and don’t forget to

buy Jamie a drink.

The Big Chopper

Did you miss it? Summer, I mean.

You had to be quick! (There’s

always a danger of course in

writing this article three weeks in advance

that the summer weekend we just saw

zip by will repeat like a dodgy take-away

the next weekend). Still, we at SARTU

timed it perfectly - perfect weather, only a

couple of students and the nausea of the

Trappers behind us. Perfect, except that

Gaz burnt the burgers and a few people

went down with gippy tummy! Never

mind; fun was had by all.

Humble apologies. I forgot to welcome

aboard Dave Wilcox in my last article.

Dave arrived, or perhaps more accurately,

returned last month to sunny SARTU

to take over from Dave Taylor as Flight

Commander Rear Crew (that’ll be easy

for the rear crew to remember since we’re

all on Christian name terms at the blunt

end!). DT departs for RAF Cranwell where

he hopes to pass on some of his SAR

Buoy ethos at the IOT (you know - comfy

slippers, sit around eating egg and chips

all day, do as little work as possible to save

energy etc. etc. - Oh yes, and carry out the

odd death defying rescue in the dead of

Hello to everyone from the Met

Office. The summer so far seems

typical of the traditional British

summer. We get a few days of fine,

warm weather, followed by an equal

amount of cool, windy conditions.

The well-documented drought in the

south-east is really nothing new. Those

of us old enough to remember the great

heatwave of 1976 will recall the yellow

countryside and the bone-hard soil of

that summer. The drought came later in

July and August, but the early summer

was remarkable for the exceptional

heatwave. The peak was between 23

June and 7 July when 32 deg C was

reached at Cheltenham on no fewer

than 11 days. The highest temperature

was 35.6 deg C at Southampton and

this remains the UK’s highest recorded

June temperature. The highest of the

summer was 35.9 deg C at Cheltenham

on 3 July and this also remains the UK’s

highest for July. Higher temperatures


have been recorded on at least six other

occasions since 1900 but remarkably

these have been in August. The heat of

the early summer of 1976 was testament

to the persistent high pressure block,

the arrival of Continental air across the

country, the intense sunshine and the

consequent dryness of the surface. This

night over a raging sea at max fuel range,

and all on night vision gogs for good

measure!). Good luck Dave. Don’t be too

successful with your war stories, we don’t

want all those fast and pointy wannabes

opting to go SAR and cluttering up our

crew rooms, or hogging my armchair!

Did I mention Trappers? What a nightmare

(well it was for some of us!). It’s not that

we don’t want to continually demonstrate

our usual high standards of excellence,

but do we have to do it every 18 months?

Surely part of the defence cuts could

include CFS Exam Wing (or at least their

travel budget so they can’t go anywhere).

Why can’t they just get Mori to conduct

a telephone poll to see how good we are

- like any other proper organisation with

responsibility to shareholders? Anyway,

it’s now done and dusted (apart from

the re-flys!) for another 18 months. And

yes, we’re better people now don’t you

know! (Actually if you really think they

visit everywhere too often why not ring

the MoD Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline

and complain! (That’s a joke, Ed.).

Hope you enjoy(ed) the summer.

Met Mumblings

was the prelude to the unprecedented

water restrictions later in the summer.

My own memories of 1976 consist

of endless hot sunny days and the

crunching sound of ladybirds under

my feet. There were so many that you

could not avoid them. It was also the

year that I got married and I remember

early September as having lots of fallen

leaves. Probably something to do with

the dry summer.

Delving into my archives, a friend of

mine from Australia came up with this

old photo of us doing what teenagers

do best! We didn’t have alcopops in

those days, just good old fashioned

brown ales. I still reckon you can’t beat

a bottle of Nuclear Brown! Don’t think

much of the disapproving look in the

father’s face (inset) though! Time-warp

time and a bit frightening! We are the

people our parents warned us of!!

Take care till next time

Jones the Weather

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(The Valley Chapter of BDS)


have written previously about how quickly time flies, and

how constant change is and here I am writing this at the

half-way-through-the-year point and thinking how it only

seemed like a few weeks ago I was writing about the start of

another year at Valley; and the changes are still happening. In

fact some plans for change are fast being overtaken by events

and as quickly as some information is going out, it is being

superseded. Still, we strive to keep the information highway

open, it is busy and at times heading for gridlock; I suppose

we should be thinking of building a fourth lane on it.

The recruitment programme for key posts is slowly drawing

to a close and at the time of writing this, a Personnel Manager

(Jim Shaw) a Finance Manager (Rory Cahill) and a MT Fleet

Manager have all been appointed and a Depth Business

Delivery Manager has been approved. We only await the

final decisions on the Hawk & Adour Integrated Operations

Systems (IOS) before we can start looking forward to the next

phase of change.

In preparation for the introduction of the Advanced Jet

Trainer (AJT) British Aerospace (BAe) are developing the Hawk

128 with state-of-the-art simulated weapons systems. BAe

are eager to know that the training of the engineers that will

look after the aircraft is as advanced as the aircraft itself. They

are in the process of carrying out a Training Situation Analysis

(TSA) which involved a visit to BDS Training & Development

(T&D) Department to assess the facilities in place and to

gauge what is required to be done prior to the full Training

Needs Analysis (TNA) being carried out. Over a two-day period

the team visited all elements of the training currently being

delivered at Valley in developing its workforce. They took

in the training facilities and resources within the T&D, the

Hawk Composite Servicing Training, the Armament Training

as well as the first-line and Scheduled Maintenance facilities

at 208 Sqn. The post-visit debrief was very favourable and

it was commented upon how BDS is far more advanced in

its preparation for AJT than BAe had envisaged. They were

not only impressed with the training resources, but also very

impressed with the Multi-Skilling programme that is in place

and which they believe is essential. Following the TNA a full

programme of training will be put in place by BAe whereby

key BDS personnel will attend training courses at BAe Warton

prior to the course package being delivered for the continued

training of the engineers here at Valley.

Whilst I am very keen to keep you all abreast of developments

within BDS at Valley, I do recommend that you keep reading

the In-brief and keep pressing your department managers for

updates. Meanwhile I would love to be able to fill this article

with information you want and with some contribution from

you. So if you have any suggestions for inclusion in this article,

or you wish to have your Department, Section or Bay included,

please pass on to Michelle Maguire (PA to the CM) for the

attention of, ‘The geezer who writes ‘HAWKS ‘R’ US’.

Finally, as the Football World Cup is over again for another

four years, I thought I might finish off with some football

players and commentators gaffs, or more commonly know

as Colmanisms after the king of the sporting gaff, David


‘Football today would certainly not be the same if it had

never existed’. - Elton Welsby.

‘I never predict anything, and I never will’. - Paul


‘There’s one that hasn’t been postponed because of Arctic

conditions, it’s been cancelled because of a frozen pitch’.

- Bob Wilson.

‘The crowd, not surprisingly, standing on their feet’ - Trevor


‘Chris Waddle is off the pitch at the moment, exactly the

position he’s most menacing’ - G. Sinstad

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2006 is proving to be a very busy

year indeed for the Valley MRT

with nine callouts during the

months of May and June. The majority

of these incidents have been with C

Flight when members of the Valley

MRT have undertaken their daily ‘Heli

Standby’ duties during normal working



As part of this duty, two members of

the MRT have to be at a moment’s

standby, ready to jump onboard to assist

the helicopter crew with any incident

on mountainous terrain. This duty is

proving invaluable for MRT personnel as

it provides more ‘hands on’ experience

with injured casualties and it also gives

the helicopter crews more options

when they are operating on steep or

dangerous ground.

In total, the MRT has responded to

six callouts while on helicopter standby

during the months of May and June,

these have included a walker with chest

pains on Moel Elio near Snowdon, a 63

yr old male suffering from cardiac pains

on the summit ridge of Crib Goch and

various trips to good old Tryfan for a

variety of fallen walkers.

Notwithstanding the above, the team

continues to maintain strong links with

their civilian counterparts and have

participated in two callouts during

this period. In early May the team was

requested to assist Ogwen Valley MRT in

the evacuation of a casualty with a broken

leg near Garreg Wen in the Ogwen Valley

and, recently, the team assisted Llanberis

MRT with the evacuation of a body found

high up on the Clogwyn y Person’s Arete

near Snowdon. It is believed that this

is the body of the missing walker who

disappeared in mid January and in which

search the team was involved in for three


Also, Cpl Taylor and SARDA dog

Roly were involved in a search for a

missing person suffering from depression.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, the

missing person had committed suicide.

Due to the location of the body in dense

woodland, Cpl Taylor, together with

other MRT members, assisted with the

extraction to a waiting ambulance.


The team still maintains its rigorous

training regime, including exercises with

C Flight and St Mawgan when requested.

RAF St Mawgan carries out some of its

training exercises from here at RAF Valley,

which sometimes require the assistance

of the MRT. This may involve winching,

directing a helicopter to a particular

search area or acting as a casualty on

steep ground.

The team continues to deploy for

weekend exercises and recent deployments

have seen the team visit Glossop in

the Peak District, Fishguard down in

Pembrokeshire and Kendal in the Lake


During May the team also held its

annual First Aid training weekend on

base. This course is designed to keep

all MRT personnel current in basic First

Aid techniques and is carried out by

instructors from Keogh Barracks near


May also saw the 2006 RAF MRS Summer

course being held at JSMTC Indefatigable

where the team’s very own Pete Welsh

successfully passed, demonstrating the

necessary skills required of a future MRS

Rock Leader.

Looking ahead, in July Stu Harth and

Sarah McIlroy (both team members) will be

representing the RAF in the Inter Services

Climbing Championships to be held in

Gloucester. Both Stu and Sarah competed

in the RAF Championships earlier this year

and were named RAF Champions in their

respective categories.

Valley MRT members recovering

equipment after a recent exercise with

the choppers!


Every year the team helps out various

charities whenever it can and this year

the team was again fortunate to be able

to work with Ty Hafan, the Children’s

Hospice in Wales. As with the previous

year, the team was asked to supervise

the marshals on the charities’ Welsh 3

Peaks race during the Snowdon section.

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This involved two troops, Kevin Taylor and

Chris Campbell, having to bivouac on the

summit of Snowdon overnight in order to

start at 4.00am!

Nevertheless, the day went well with

no hiccups and the whole event was a

great success.

The team also assisted a group of civilian

walkers in their bid to visit the scene

of a crashed aircraft in the Carneddau

range of mountains. These people were

relatives of the aircrew who perished in

the crash of a Wellington bomber during

the Second World War. They had always

expressed a desire to go to the area but

lacked the skill & knowledge to undertake

such a task. Members of Valley MRT gladly

stepped in and escorted the group to the

crash site where a small wreath was laid to

commemorate the deceased aircrew.


The team had two very important visits

during May, our AFI, and a formal visit

Runners competing in the

Ty Hafan Welsh 3 Peaks race

descending from the summit of

Snowdon under the watchful eye

of RAF Valley MRT

by AOC No 2 Group, Air Vice Marshal

McNicol CBE BSc FRAeS RAF. The latter

taking place at Holyhead Mountain

where the AOC was given a practical

demonstration in various aspects of the

team’s capabilities. This included a brief

on communications utilising the team’s

C3 Sprinter vehicle, an introduction to

climbing, abseiling whilst observing a

demonstration of a stretcher lower and

finally, a chat with the troops over a cup

of tea!

Rescue Team News

Background pic: The sun

rising over Crib Goch from

the summit of Snowdon

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sheds a tear

as he receives his

first ever trophy

A superb

trophy, what

a superb day

Standby for Broadcast from

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Air Traffic Control

Valley Ladies Team

Big Tony Gets Big Award

This month Air Traffic Control

Squadron is proud to congratulate

Flt Sgt Tony (TV) Vaughan for being

a top bloke. He also managed to get

some kind of award which I’m sure

he thoroughly deserves and, blah,

blah, blah....

For those of you who don’t know

Tony, he is the Principal Flight Operations

Manager and is situated in the ATC tower

in his own office, which he fills amply. In

case you didn’t know what the role of

PFOM entails, well neither do we but

he seems to be quite good at it. So

good in fact that he was crowned

winner of the Vosper Thorneycroft

Aerospace Air Traffic Control Trophy for

2005. Quite a mouthful but I’m sure he

was delighted to receive it all the same.

This award quite rightly gives Tony the

recognition he deserves for his dedication

to improving the training system in ATC

and his contribution to Trade Group 9

as a whole. Additionally, TV has raised

the profile of RAF Valley in the wider

community through his commitment

to youth rugby, sacrificing much of his

personal drinking time. Top draw! (If only

the Raytheon Falconer Trophy was judged

purely on...I’ll stop there).

I’m old enough

to be your dad

you little runt

Valley’s finest athletes plus groupies

Ken Winslade protects his exposed dome from the harsh sun

Valley A Team

Sqn Ldr Dargan receives award from Mrs Dziuba’

Lady Margaret French, Air Cdre Wordly, ACM Sir Joe French,

Sqn Ldr Dargan, Mrs Dziuba, Air Cdre Williams, Chris Wilson.

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The Janine Owen Cancer Research UK Cymru Appeal

On Saturday 1 July the Cancer

Research Committee was in

anticipation of another good

turnout for their sponsored walk up

the heights of Snowdon. Unfortunately

Mark Evans (C Flt - 22 Sqn SES) who also

belongs to the committee was unable

to take part in this year’s event due to

Operational commitments.

Nevertheless we had 60 walkers on

the day who all completed the walk. The

money pledged on the day amounted

Snowdon Walk - 1 July 2006

to over £4000, and with more to come

in - we hope to raise over £5000. The

weather was kind to us and the views

were spectacular. As we made the summit

a Seaking from 22 Sqn circled us - a very

uplifting sight indeed!

We were joined on the walk by the

MP for Anglesey - Mr Albert Owen,

and by Professor Nick Stuart - Head of

Oncology at Ysbyty Gwynedd. Cancer

Research nurses from the Allaw Unit at

Ysbyty Gwynedd and the Cancer Unit at

Ysbyty Glan Clywd also participated. The

Regional coordinator for Cancer Research

UK, Sarah Mcphee, came to support the

start of the walk and David Fielding,

Cancer Research UK Liverpool, brought a

team of marshals who walked the route.

First Aid was provided by the Bangor St.

John Ambulance Group - represented by

the Revd. Wynne Roberts, Chaplaincy

Manager at Ysbyty Gwynedd and his

son Iwan.

This was our fourth Snowdon walk and

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Donation of Sports Equipment

to Holyhead High School

On 24 May 2006 Wrexham Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF)

donated sports equipment including a complete Football

Strip to Holyhead High School. Flying Officer Elise Bosworth

and Flight Sergeant Bryn Jones made the presentation to

the school as part of an initiative to promote sport in young

people. The presentation was enhanced by the presence of

a Sea King Helicopter from 22 Sqn. Squadron Leader John

Stanley and his crew enabled many of the school’s children

to have a look inside the helicopter before it returned to

RAF Valley.

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Building and

RAF Valley is used to seeing plenty

of flying activity during the week

however on Friday 23 July at 1610Z

as routine Hawk flying finished and

people made their way home for the

weekend a unique first flight took place

on the Airfield.

The aircraft a Van’s RV - 9A has been

assembled from a Kit over a period of

two years and four months by Sgt Roger

Winward (ATC) and Mr Emlyn Owen

(Babcock Engine Bay). The kit-plane is

built to a well known American design

from factory supplied parts imported

from Oregon. It will cruise at 160Knts,

carry two people with bags and enough

fuel to cover up to 900 miles in one trip.

It can also slow down to land at a gentle

40 Knts and will be based on Anglesey at

the Mona Flying Club.

After a break for Christmas and New

Year we were kindly granted permission

by the Station Commander and Babcock

(Mr Peter Johnson and Roger Siswick) to

carry out the final assembly in Gaydon

Hangar and as our storage racks emptied

it was fantastic to see parts being attached

to the fuselage and the aeroplane taking


During assembly we received a lot of

help and interest from Station personnel

and would like to thank all the people

who contributed and advised on various

parts. In addition we wish to acknowledge

the assistance of OC Ops who authorised

the first flight and thank ATC as well as

the Fire section and Medical Centre for

standing by after work.

After organising a work space in the

hangar the tailplane, fin and rudder were

the first major items to be assembled and

came together fairly quickly. The elevator

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Flying a Kit Plane

pushrods and rudder cables completed

this phase and we moved onto the wings

with the help of a set of deep frozen

attachment bolts and a large mallet.

After a steady few weekends attaching

wing tips, ailerons and fairings as well

as connecting fuel pipes and wiring we

could apply battery power and check

that various dials and switches worked

as intended.

Our first engine ground run discovered

a very small oil leek, however this rapidly

became an ex-leek once the source,

a slightly loose connection, had been

identified and nipped up tight. A crowd

of about 15 engineers who had gathered

from the deepest recesses of the hangar

gave a much appreciated round of

applause followed by several words of

encouragement (at least that’s what I

think they were).

During taxy trials an interesting ‘hot

pursuit’ took place as the call to the

police had been interpreted as a model

aeroplane and they were slightly surprised

to see a real one making its way down the

taxiway, however all was soon amicably

sorted out without an appearance on

police camera action.

A weather window permitted the final

task, a compass swing to be completed

and just before the end of April we were

able to dispatch the finalised paperwork

for engineering approval to test fly.

The first flight was completed without

incident and the aircraft landed safely at

Mona. So far after 31/2 hrs flying we have

not needed to adjust or change anything

on the aeroplane and look forward

to completing the final test flight and

spending the rest of the summer flying

in the local area.

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A View from the Fence

The old adage, ‘That everything seems to come in threes,’ is

certainly true at RAF Valley this year and one supposes that

Portugal would also readily agree with the proverb. For this

year, 208 Squadron is marking its 90th anniversary, whilst No 4

FTS is running close behind with 85 years and now the Hawk

has gone through the 1,000,000th flight hour barrier.

The morning of Friday, 2 June was to be blessed with near

perfect weather for a change as 208 Squadron proceeded to

celebrate its 90th Anniversary with an extra special Wings Grad.

Established in 1916 as 8 Naval Squadron at St Pol, France, the

unit became No 208 Squadron with the formation of the Royal

Air Force on 1 April, 1918. Amazingly, from 1920 until 1971,

the squadron was to spend virtually all of its time abroad, either

in Egypt or across the Middle East. One wonders whether the

Desert Nomads or possibly The Gallant Gallivanters might be

appropriate as a title to reflect over 50 years of overseas

wandering, although most probably some over at

the Fear Squadron could come up with more

innovative suggestions!

Many members had congregated around

the airfield’s peripheries and were not to

be disappointed as many RAF squadrons

were to join in with fly pasts and airfield

attacks. In fact, 19 Squadron appeared to

pounce upon the invited dignitaries with

inordinate vigour and gusto during their set

piece, whilst the squadron boss was to lead

an impeccable Diamond Nine. However, for

us, it was Flt Lt Martin Pert that was to steal the

show with a most scintillating and exciting display

of aerobatics, the best that we have ever seen in the

Hawk, and appropriately in 208’s anniversary jet.

The Valley Aviation Society also has cause to celebrate

No 4 FTS Display Jet on finals to Runway 14, now suitably

marked up with ´One Million UK Hawk Hours`.

Flt Lt Martin Pert puts

the 208 ´Flagship`

through its paces.

208 Boss departs to lead the Diamond Nine appropriately in

the Squadron’s Commemorative Hawk.

following the announcement in the Queen’s 85th Birthday

Honours List that one of our members is to receive

an MBE. So it is also congratulations to John Cave

who is to receive the prestigious award for his

involvement in establishing the Maritime

Museum at Holyhead, which is well worth a

visit even from aviation aficionados.

So our members do involve themselves

with other activities and contrary to local

opinion are not permanently located at

either the end of the runways or perched

on some cliff face in Snowdonia. With

a membership now approaching three

hundred, they come form all walks of life and

professions, and how many aviation societies can

boast of no less than five Group Captains and an Air

Commodore amongst its ranks.

The shop in Spotters is now picking up increased trade as the

holiday season’s visitors increase, which hopefully will permit

further funds to be added to this year’s charity donations. And

recently, the Station Commander dropped in and was to point

out that a poster we had on the wall depicting two Tornado F3s

flying with the B of B’s Spitfire and Hurricane, included him flying

one of the 5 Squadron jets. However, we can but only hope that

he will not include our portacabin on his inspection tours.

By the time that you read this edition, this year’s Photocall

will have been and gone and one can but only hope that we

get similar good weather that was afforded to 208 Squadron

on its special day.

Dennis W Pritchard

From the archives. A 208 Buccaneer S2B taxies to Runway 32, just before the squadron departed Lossiemouth for Valley in 1994.

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Exercise Finest Hour

5 - 9 June 2006

Under the auspices of a Force

Development visit, a team of eight

personnel under the command of

Flt Lt Nassif deployed from RAF Valley to

RAF Uxbridge to examine various aspects

of airpower particularly relating to the

Battle of Britain. Following the usual

tedious road move to Uxbridge, the group

were straight into their first visit at RAF

Bentley Priory.

For the uninitiated, RAF Bentley Priory

was HQ Fighter Command during the

Second World War. Housed in an imposing

country house it was the hub of the world’s

first Integrated Air Defence System, from

where ACM Sir Hugh Dowding directed

the aerial defence of the UK during the

Battle of Britain. This building is now the

Officers’ Mess and although nearly all the

fittings from its wartime era have been

removed, the walls are adorned with

Battle of Britain memorabilia, including

the Battle of Britain lace. The only room

that retains any vestiges of its previous

function is Dowding’s office, which has

been restored and appears as it was in

the summer of 1940.

Day two took us into the centre of

London for a visit to the Cabinet war

rooms. This subterranean complex of

rooms was designed to allow the Prime

Minister and his War Cabinet to continue

planning unhampered by air raids.

Churchill also had a suite of rooms to

enable him and his wife to stay in the

safety of the war rooms. One of the

most fascinating rooms is the Map room,

which was occupied in August 1939 and

remained active 24 hours a day until 16

August 1945, following the Japanese

surrender. This room was then locked

and remained so until the Imperial War

Museum took over operation of the site

in the 1980s. Co-located with the Cabinet

War Rooms is the Churchill museum,

which traces all aspects of his life, paying

particular attention to the war years.

That afternoon took us to the Houses

of Parliament under the guidance of the

MP for Gwynedd, Mr Albert Owen. We

were taken round most of the building

including the new annex across the

road and were introduced to the deeper

workings of parliament, including how

Prime Minister’s question time is arranged,

and how the various committees operate.

Our tour concluded with a visit to the

public gallery to view the proceedings in

the chamber itself. The amount of banter

between MPs would put the average crew

room to shame.

Wednesday was filled with visits to West

Drayton and RAF Northolt. While at West

Drayton we were given an insight into the

workings of the Distress and Diversion

(D&D) cell, (no prizes for figuring out

what these guys do!). We also visited

London Military Area Radar and whilst

most of the Air Traffic Control has moved

to Swanwick, West Drayton ATC still

provides services for traffic over East

Anglia and the South East. All personnel

took the opportunity of sitting in with a

controller to find out first hand the ‘ins

and outs’ of area radar.

That afternoon saw us visiting 32, (The

Royal) Squadron, at RAF Northolt. This

squadron provides air transport to the

Royal Family, senior government and

military officials using a fleet of A109

helicopters, BAe 125 and 146 aircraft.

We were given the opportunity of looking

round one of the 146s, to see how the

other half travels. As you would imagine

the interior is very different to a standard

146, the aircraft we saw had different

seating layouts, including a bed in the rear

compartment - pretty similar in comfort to

the Hawk cockpit!

The highlight of the week for many was

the trip to RAF Lakeheath, home to the men

and women of the 48th Fighter Wing, USAF.

Those accustomed to the limited facilities

available at Valley, nearly went into shock

on hearing of the BX, commissary, the

dining facilities, gym etc; I could go on but

I’ll only get depressed. Then there is the

sheer size of the base, which provides work

for approximately 6000 Service personnel

and civilians and covers an area about twice

that of Valley. We toured the base with a

Staff Sergeant from public relations who

guided us round to get an overview of the

base and its facilities. We also visited several

of the sections, most of which are similar to

those at any base, although the tour of the

MT yard was a rewarding experience for all

of us. Finally no trip to Lakenheath would

be complete without seeing the F-15s that

are based there, although the single lads

might beg to differ having seen the girls in

the coffee shop!

The final port of call during the week was

to the Uxbridge bunker. This Operations

room was the 11 Group Control Centre

during the Battle of Britain. As 11 Group

covered the South East of England and

London it saw the brunt of the fighting

during the battle. The dominating feature

of the room is the plotting table where

all movements, both hostile and friendly

were displayed, backed up by a tote board

showing the availability of the fighter

squadrons within 11 Group. Following a

briefing on the layout, running and history

of the bunker we moved up onto the

balcony where the controller and his staff

made all the relevant decisions based on

the information available. Winston Churchill

frequently visited this area and was here on

September 15th 1940 when every available

aircraft in 11 Group was committed to

battle, bringing about the decisive victory.

This area is now a museum, containing the

uniforms, personnel effects and paintings

of the WW2 era.

Some might perceive trips like this as

‘being a jolly’ and an excuse to be away

from the section for a few days, but we

would recommend it to everyone if given

the chance to go. You will definitely learn

something about the RAF and come back

with a greater understanding of the history

of the RAF and of airpower in a wider

context - whether you realized it or not!

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The Fimbles Show

On Wednesday 31 May a group of children and mums from

Little Fishes were transported into the Fimble Valley at Llandudno

Theatre. We sang our favourite song Twinkle Twinkle and heard

the 3 Bears Story with Sarah-Jane Honeywell. The set was very

exciting with Rocket the silly frog jumping up from everywhere.

The children even had a chance to dance in the aisles and sing a

Fimble version of Heads and Shoulders... It was a magical morning

and Mia, Christian, Olivia, Freya and Zara would recommend this

show to all their friends!!

On a blustery Monday 12 June - 22 Mums,

Dads, Toddlers and Babes from Little Fishes

bravely set out for their half mile toddle at

Sandy Beach Caravan Park, Llanwrog. On

the way we found a treasure box which

was filled with chocolates which helped

the little ones on their way to reaching

their target distance.

Just as we finished the sun came out for

us to enjoy our teddy bears picnic. Our

target was to raise £400 for Barnados, a

charity which provides under-privileged

children in the UK with play equipment

and resources we take for granted. We

are well on the way to achieving our

The Big Toddle

target. We would particularly like to

thank Caergeiliog Senior School Student

Committee for their generous contribution

of £75 and to the toddlers at Little Fishes

for managing the half mile walk across

the beach. A big thank you to Sally and

Andrew who helped organise the event

at Sandy Beach Caravan Park and for the

delicious picnic afterwards. Each child and

baby received a medal and certificate at

the end of the Big Toddle. Well done!

From all of us at Little Fishes have a lovely

summer and we resume our activities

on 4 September 2006 at St Mihangel’s


Learning News

from the Learning Centre

Learning Forces certificate and an

electronic organiser, their application

forms have been sent to HQPTC where

they will be assessed along with the

winners from other RAF stations. The first

prize at this level is a laptop computer.

What motivated these three to use

some of their own time to personal

development and gained recognised

civilian qualification?:

Nicole stated in her application that she


‘to improve my career within the Civil


and climb higher up the command


I decided to start by proving my

competence as a manager.

The NVQ L4 in Management appeared to

be the best way to start’.

Learning Forces Learning Awards - 2006

The Learning Forces awards for RAF Valley personnel, were presented by the Station Commander, Gp Capt AS Barmby.

The station winners were:

Service Related Personal Learning Award

- Fg Off Jonathan Page - ATC for gaining

the Private Pilots License.

Return to Learning Award - Mrs Nicole

Queen - Works Services for gaining her

NVQ Level 4 in Management.

Nicole intends to start working towards

gaining ECDL next.

Bruce saw that personal development

could help him professionally at work and

maybe on leaving the RAF:

‘My primary motivation for undertaking

the degree was a desire to further my

professional and personal development.

I saw a BA degree as a significant

qualification which would enhanced my

promotion prospects within the Air Force

while preparing me for a career after


Jonathan stated that it was his strong

interest in aviation that motivated him:

‘PPL - string interest in aviation and to

gain better understanding of the other

side of Air Traffic Control’.

If you want to be a winner next year then

S i g n i f i c a n t I n d i v i d u a l L e a r n i n g

Achievement Award - Cpl Bruce Johnston

- ATC for his Degree in History through

the OU.

you will need to complete an application

form which will be available from the

Learning Centre about April 07.

These are not the only winners Sgt Roy

McGraa has over the last two years used

his Learning Credits to:

‘study for the NEBOSH General Certificate

in Occupational Safety and Health, study

for the PRINCE 2 Foundation exams,

study for the NEBOSH Specialist Diploma

in Environmental Management.

In addition to being awarded Charted

status of the BCS, I have also been

elected as a member of the Chartered

Management Institute (MCMI) and the

Institute of Leadership and Management

(MlnstLM). I have also been elected as

a Technician Member of the Institute of

Occupational Safety and Health (Tech


There are many different ways that you

can use your learning credits to enhance

your personal development and gain

civilian recognised qualification to help

you when you leave the RAF.

Information and Advice can be obtained

form the Learning Centre staff, and a

Guidance interview can be obtained from

the Personal Learning Advisor. If you want

help with deciding on a course and how

to fill out an enrolment form Carl Mathes

from Coleg Menai will be with us again

on Wednesday 23 August 06 to answer

your enquiries about courses and help

complete enrolment forms.

This service is free for all Service

Personnel, MOD Civil Servants, Contract

staff and Dependants, just come along

from 1000hrs until 1500hrs.

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RAF Valley Parented

Air Cadet Squadrons

The current RAF Valley Charlton Griffin Award holder, Cadet

Warrant Officer Tim Newton of 1310 (Eryri) Squadron,

Caernarfon travelled to the station recently to collect the

second part of his Award - a flight in a Hawk aircraft courtesy

of 208 Squadron. Flown by Flt Lt Giz Taylor, 18 year-old Tim

- who hopes to join the RAF as a direct entry student pilot this

year was thoroughly exhilarated by the experience.

‘The flight exceeded all my expectations, and I was amazed

to see first hand what is expected from a Royal Air Force pilot.’

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Our thanks to everyone at 208 Squadron for their welcome and

hospitality, in particular to Flt Lt Kendall, Sqn Ldr Byrne and Wing

Commander Kelly for facilitating the TV crew from Uned 5, the

Welsh language youth magazine programme who came along to

film the event on the eve of the Sqn’s anniversary celebrations.

The item was transmitted on S4C on Friday June 30th.

Saturday May 27th saw cadets and staff from across the Wing

set off from Caernarfon in the pouring rain, not by plane, but

pedal power to raise money for the NSCPP.

With 35 cyclists (and nine supporters following in vans and

mini buses providing refreshments and bike maintenance) the

53-mile trip to Cadair Idris near Dolgellau was completed, with

just under £1,000 raised for the charity.

With all the Anglesey Squadrons involved with the Bike Ride,

1310 and 1557 Sqns from Caernarfon and Bangor supplied

cadets and staff for general assistance at the Beaumaris Air

Show which, thanks to the weather, very nearly ended up a

ground show only! The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was the

first to cancel due to bad weather on the flight route, followed

by the Chinook. Some 15 cadets were kept busy handing out

information leaflets and assisting with visitors to the static Puma

helicopter which flew in. Many thanks to the Valley personnel

who popped in to our recruitment tent to raise our spirits during

the rainy morning. A very welcome visitor was the Station

Commander, whose appearance brought the sun out!

1557 (Friar’s School) Squadron, Bangor are looking forward

to a very busy summer, having already been presented with the

first five completed Duke of Edinburgh Awards in the Wing for

this year. Congratulations to Cadets Ben Barton, Dylan Parry,

Patrick Robertson, Cerys Gibson and Cdt Cpl Bethany Wilkinson

on achieving their Bronze Award. Meanwhile, the first mass

Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions weekend, run from 2474

(Cefni) Sqn’s Headquarters at Mona airfield has also taken place.

Organised by Civilian Instructor Mike Thomas of 1557 Sqn,

over 40 cadets took part in a variety of Bronze training, Bronze

actual and Silver training expeditions. Enjoying fine weather,

everyone passed and preparations are now underway for the

next Award weekends.

The Annual Parade of No.2 Welsh Wing was held at Chirk

castle this year. Headed by the Officer Commanding No.2 Welsh

Wing, Wing Commander John Goggin, over 240 cadets plus

staff from all our 23 squadrons took part. Valley parented Sqns

had a prominent role to play in the Parade, which was Reviewed

by Group Captain P.A. Cunningham, Station Commander

RAF Shawbury. 2193 (Prestatyn) Sqn provided the Band; 418

(Aberconwy) Sqn, Llandudno the Corps Banner Escort Party

while included in the

Awards presented were a Commandant’s Certificate of Good

Service to Cadet Warrant Officer Tim Newton 1310 (Eryri) Sqn,

while his CO, Flt Lt Bob Vint was awarded the Cadet Forces

Medal for completing 12 years of volunteer service with the

Air Training Corps.

No doubt RAF Valley has already hosted numerous Air Cadet

Squadrons from across the UK on camps already this year. Our

cadets have visited RAF Brampton/Wyton for the Easter camp,

while Cadet Flight Sergeant Gwyn Parry of 1310 Sqn travelled a

little further afield to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus for a two-week stay.

One of only two cadets from North Wales selected to join the

78-strong UK party, Gwyn was accompanied by Flt Lt Julie Jones,

OC 418 Sqn. ‘We had a very busy fortnight at Akrotiri, and I

came home with very happy memories’ said Gwyn. ‘Next to my

flight with 208 Sqn last year, this was an undoubted highlight of

my Air Cadet career.’ The party were treated to a display from

the Red Arrows prior to their return to the UK; besides getting

the opportunity to meet the Reds, a number of visiting aircraft

were also ‘toured’ including a VC 10 and a USAF U2. ‘Probably

the most interesting activity was Survival Training in the sea’

said Gwyn. ‘However, the temperate climate meant that to add

some realism, a rib had to make some high speed passes while

we were in the water to generate some waves!’

Another overseas trip will see CWO Gareth Williams of 1557

Sqn travelling to Canada as part of the International Air Cadet

Exchange programme, while Cdt Sgt Paul Greene, also of 1557

Sqn will travel to Tayside Aviation, having been awarded and Air

Cadet Pilot Scheme. Congratulations to them both!

Our Air Cadet Squadrons are recruiting! We urgently need

both Adult Volunteer Staff and young people aged between

13-18 years old. Can you help us? Do you know anyone who

can? With five squadrons in the locality (three on Anglesey

and one each in Caernarfon and Bangor) you won’t need to

travel very far!

For more information call 01244 847531 or e-mail: for an Information Pack.

Alternatively click on or

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Caergeiliog Foundation School

Welcome to Caergeiliog Foundation School with yet

another academic year coming to an end and lots to

look forward to in the forthcoming year. The summer

term was so enjoyable with pupils involved in so many activities

from educational visits to tennis taster courses. All pupils are

to be congratulated on their great sportsmanship throughout

the term and their positive attitude to everything that they


Last term saw pupils from Years 2, 4 and 5 visiting a variety

of places as part of the school’s Geography scheme of work.

Year 2 pupils visited Trearddur Bay in order to study the local

environment. Pupils from Year 5 visited the breakwater in

Holyhead. Pupils from Year 4 visited the beautiful area of Betws

Y Coed in order to carry out their studies. These visits formed

part of the school’s Geography Programme of Study which

is coordinated by the school’s Geography subject leader, Mrs

Susan Parry.

On Thursday May 18th, the school was visited by the Don’t

Touch Tell Company to perform a very entertaining drama,

Punch and Judy style, about the dangers of drugs. Pupils from

both Key Stages thoroughly enjoyed the performance whilst at

the same time learning something of crucial importance in their

lives. Many thanks to the Don’t Touch Tell company for once

again visiting the school.

Pupils in Year 6 are to be wished every success in their new

schools in September. As part of the Pupil Transfer Policy at

the school, Year 6 pupils are presented with their Record

of Achievement as a symbol of their primary education

achievements. As a school we are extremely proud of our pupils

and we extend the very best of luck to Year 6 in transferring to

secondary schools in September. We will miss them!

As part of the Physical Education Programme at the school,

Mrs Helens Burrows visited the school last term to talk to the

pupils about the Jog a Mile scheme. Mrs Burrows helped pupils

mark out a mile track around the school grounds in order for

pupils to walk, jog or run a mile on a weekly basis and record

their times on their individual record cards. Pupils in Key Stage 2

have thoroughly enjoyed this whilst at the same time improving

their fitness. This work also linked in to the pupils’ participation

in Sport Relief which took place in the school grounds in July.

A tennis taster course was also arranged last term for pupils in

Key Stage 2 for pupils to have a go at the basic skills involved in

playing tennis. Pupils were trained by a professional coach and

gained some valuable skills throughout the lesson.

History work last term took on a Greek theme in Year 6 with

pupils studying Ancient Greece and its influences. Pupils enjoyed

learning about Greek buildings and architecture as well as

the Greek alphabet and Greek art. Some pupils created some

wonderful Greek style vases which will now be put on display

in the school’s very own museum. Well done Year 6!

As part of the Science Programme of Study, pupils have been

involved in the planting of trees around the school grounds.

Pupils pride themselves on the aesthetic qualities around the

school and enjoy looking after and preserving the environment.

Tree planting last term forms part of a whole school improvement

plan whereby areas of woodland and areas for story telling will

be created for classes to carry out lessons outside. We look

forward to these developments.

Pupils from Reception class to Year 6 welcomed an unexpected

visitor to the school during one of our morning services last

term. Padre Tollerson arrived at the school with his assistant

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who was no other than one of Dr Who’s Daleks! The reaction

from the pupils was priceless with pupils listening attentively to

the Padre’s lesson which involved help from the Dalek himself.

As a school, we are very proud of the link to RAF Station Valley

and in particular with the Station Padre. Pupils look forward to

the Padre’s services which enthrall and enlighten pupils with

the teachings of Jesus. Pupils also enjoy praising God through

the action songs. We would like, therefore, to extend thanks to

the Padre and his family for their constant support - it is most


The school also prides itself on its extra-curricular provision

at the school and last term was no exception. Clubs, once

again, are proving to be extremely popular. The Adventurers

and Explorers Club which is held on a Wednesday evening

has a new programme of activities. Pupils are able to choose

from a range of activities which include pottery, art and craft,

football, rounders, cross stitch, aerobics, dance, computers and

health and fitness. Pupils have certainly enjoyed this term’s club,

especially the health and fitness. The school also holds an after

school club every day from 3.30pm until 6.00pm. This club is

also popular and pupils are given opportunities to take part in

activities such as art and craft, board games and nature walks.

Pupils are also able to purchase tea as part of this club. Other

extra-curricular clubs at the school include the modern foreign

language clubs (French, German and Spanish) as well as the

homework and project club.

Congratulations are extended to the school’s football team for

their excellent efforts last term. The team took part in matches

between Ysgol Rhoscolyn as well as Ysgol Y Graig. Both teams

played extremely well with successes on both occasions. The

team was elated to have won but congratulations are extended

to both teams for their positive sportsmanship. Well done boys!

Many thanks are extended to their football coach, Mr Simon

Browne. The team were most pleased to find themselves through

to the semi-finals but lost to Llandegfan School. Best of luck to

the teams in the finals! The school’s football team forms part

of the Physical Education provision offered at the school. The

school prides itself on its Physical Education facilities and offers

a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, rounders,

netball, golf, hockey, athletics and gymnastics ( to name but a

few!). The school is also able to offer extensive grounds in which

to develop this particular area of the curriculum as well as a

purpose built sports pavilion, two football pitches, a rugby pitch,

netball court and netball practice areas. Physical Education at

the school is coordinated by Mrs Kirstin Jones along with a new

member of the teaching staff, Mr Simon Browne. Every Friday

afternoon is sports afternoon at the school with pupils from Key

Stage 2 involving themselves in a range of sporting activities.

The school is also pleased to announce its new extra-curricular

football club. Football forms part of the school’s Wednesday

Adventurers and Explorers Club, however, if pupils wish to

develop their skills further, a new club on Monday evening has

recently been introduced under the supervision and guidance

of Mr Simon Browne. The school’s extensive extra-curricular

programme attracts pupils of all ages and serves to enhance and

develop the quality of education for each child even further.

It remains therefore to wish all our pupils, parents and friends

of the school a very pleasant summer holiday and we look

forward to seeing you all in September.

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Ysgol y Tywyn

Here we are, almost into the summer

holidays and asking ourselves ‘Where

has this year gone?’ Once again it

has been an extremely busy term with many

notable events.

The ‘Don’t Touch Tell’ session always proves

to be a firm favourite with the children and

this year was no exception. The children

responded well and the message that ‘Drugs

can damage your health’ and ‘Use medicines

responsibly’ was conveyed to the children

through ‘rap’ singing and a ‘Punch and Judy’

puppet show.

Once again the Book Fair was a resounding

success with the children eagerly awaiting

the opening of the book trolleys. There

was a good selection available and it

was heartening to see so many children

purchasing a book. Osian Roberts (Ynys

Môn Football Development Officer) and his

fellow coaches have been coaching years 3

to 6 every Friday afternoon at the gym. The

children are encouraged to enjoy the game

and demonstrate fair play. These sessions

are proving to be very popular and mini

World Cup matches have been held with

mixed teams.

By the time you read this, the outcome of the real ‘World Cup’

tournament will be known and no doubt many yellow and red

cards will have been handed out in the meantime.

Craig Johnston from the Sports Development Unit has been

helping the older children to improve their ball skills every

Thursday after school. Unfortunately, this session clashes with

the Athletics meeting and therefore some children are unable to

attend. Nevertheless, the children who do attend have benefited

enormously from the tuition and we wish Craig well at his chosen

University next term.

Many children this term have worked hard towards their British

Amateur Gymnastic Awards (BAGA). Many congratulations

to those who have achieved their badges and moved on to a

higher level.

I never fail to be impressed by the effort that many children

expend whilst producing fine works of art and this year has

been particularly impressive. Years 5 and 6 have been busy this

Proud winners of the local schools' cricket tournament

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Lizzie had her face painted at the School


term preparing for the school’s very own

art exhibition at Theatre Gwynedd. They

e-mailed other schools to see whether

they wanted to help and Ysgol y Fali and

Ysgol Thomas Ellis very kindly volunteered

to exhibit with us. Jessica Farr, Nichola

Rutter and Harry Sutherns accompanied

Mrs Williams to Theatre Gwynedd to

set up the exhibition. It proved to be

an invaluable experience and works of

art were collected from the Reception

class through to Year 6. Many styles

and mediums were to be seen ranging

from acrylics through to computer

aided drawings. The centrepiece of the

exhibition was a magnificent ‘batik’ of a

Welsh dragon by Owain Glyn Williams.

Our school Disco proved to be as popular

as ever and altogether we managed to

raise £157.13. Sharon Sanderson was very

busy organising the event and as usual

there was a good turnout. Many thanks to

all those who helped with the event.

Years 5 and 6 visited Wylfa Power

Station as part of their studies on ‘Forces

and Motion’ which included many ‘hands

on’ experiences ranging from building bridges to constructing

towers. This involved children in all sorts of activities relating to

forces - balanced, unbalanced, gravity, friction etc. The lunch

break always proves to be a firm favourite with the children

heading off for the ‘maze’ and getting ‘lost’ is part of the fun.

This term has seen Year 2 busy preparing for their morning

assembly in front of the whole school. All the children took

part, plus Miss Clare, who held up a painting of a slug and

despite being a little nervous they did an amazing job. They all

remembered their lines well and showed us beautiful paintings

that they had produced of mini beasts. Many thanks also to

our school governors - Mrs Kerry Bence and Mrs Julie Webb for

attending - it is always a pleasure to see you.

Our school camping trip proved to be as successful as ever. A

record number accompanied us this year and we had to have

an extra car to transport the children. Many thanks once again

to Mrs Louise Owen and Phil Roberts for helping out. The first

day was spent at Plas y Brenin where the children took part

Harry, Jessica and Nichola helped set up the art exhibition at

Theatre Gwynedd

Canoeing at Plas y Brenin

in canoeing, skiing and rock climbing. Shaun Williams took

the camping trip very seriously and was suitably attired for all

events, he even had his own wet suit and neoprene shoes for

the canoeing! Shaun’s timely remark, ‘I wish every school day

could be like this’, was a sentiment echoed by one and all!

We stayed overnight at Felin Bach and the children enjoyed

an evening meal, the food for which they had been responsible

for ordering from Tesco online. They had a budget which they

had to stick to and everyone’s food likes and dislikes had to

be taken into account. The following day was spent walking

through Gwydir Forest where the children walked along the

River Llugwy, past the Swallow Falls and into Betws y Coed.

Leah-Faith and Emma-Leigh had prepared a questionnaire to find

out what sort of people visit Betws y Coed and the results have

since been analysed at school. Leah-Faith has found out that

Betws y Coed is extremely popular with old people, I sincerely

hope she didn’t include us in this category!

P.C. Brian Jones from the local constabulary came to talk to

the children about personal safety. P.C. Jones always receives

a warm welcome here at Ysgol y Tywyn and the children look

forward to his visits. He always remarks how refreshing it is to

visit the school as the children are always responsive and eager

to take part in all the discussions.

This year the open morning at the Nursery went well with

many parents and children in attendance. The ‘Little Frogs’

enjoyed their visit immensely and the parents were given the

opportunity to ask Mrs Thomas questions about the forthcoming


The nursery children visited ‘Fferm y Foel’ at Brynsiencyn for

their annual school trip. It was a beautiful sunny day and the

children were given the opportunity to feed the goats and calves.

A tractor and trailer took them into the adjoining field to see the

horses. A firm favourite was the young lambs and the children

went home thoroughly exhausted after an enjoyable day.

The Nursery and little Frogs Sports Day took place on

Wednesday June 28th, a new and exciting experience for all

those taking part. I am happy to report that everyone participated

with enthusiasm and as usual a good day was had by all.

Shortly after the half term break the school Cricket Team

took part in the Holyhead and district Cricket Tournament. It

was well organised as usual and the school were delighted to

hear that they received joint third place with Ysgol Thomas

Ellis. Many congratulations to the winners - Ysgol Kingsland

of Holyhead.

Last week, Selwyn Rees the local cricket organiser rang us to

ask us whether we’d like to take part in the Bodedern and District

Cricket Tournament as another school was unable to attend. We

jumped at the chance and found out that we were up against

We walked through Gwydin Forest from the Ugly House to

Betws y Coed

none other than - Ysgol Thomas Ellis. Jasmine Hughes from

Year 5 had such a marvellous time at the cricket match that we

thought she should be the one to tell you how we got on.

‘On Friday, June 30th we attended the cricket Tournament

at Anglesey Aluminium Cricket Ground in Holyhead. We were

against three other schools in our group. I was very nervous

because I hadn’t played in the team before. First we played

against Ysgol Pencarnisiog and we won. Secondly, we played

against Ysgol Llanfaethlu and won and finally in our group we

played against Ysgol Gwalchmai and guess what - we won!

When we found out that we were in the finals against Ysgol

Thomas Ellis we couldn’t believe it. It rained and rained and

we thought we wouldn’t be able to play. The rain stopped and

we played. I was last on with my partner Emma-Leigh and I

caught the last ball to stop Thomas Ellis getting four runs. The

match finished and we found out that we had won by three

runs. We were so happy. My heart was beating so quickly I

thought I couldn’t breathe. We had our photos taken and we

got our medals.’

Many thanks to Daniel Hilton and Matthew Hill (past pupils)

for taking such an interest in the cricket tournament and

coaching the team.

Our open evening went off well and it is heartening to see so

many appreciative parents. One parent even remarked how well

behaved the children are on school trips. This is one comment

that we were delighted to hear and indeed a credit to all the

staff and pupils at the school.

This is indeed an appropriate moment to reflect on this year’s

achievements as the school year draws to a close. It is also

a time to look forward to the future and its challenges. We

received the dreaded brown envelope this term which informed

us that we would be inspected in October 2006. We knew that

an inspection was imminent and had resigned ourselves to a

busy Summer Holiday period preparing for the worst. We were

however delighted to hear that we would be receiving a ‘Short’

inspection and not a ‘Standard’ or ‘Full’. A short inspection is

given to only 13% of schools. In order to be awarded a short

inspection a school must have performed well in the previous

inspection and Annual Assessment Results must be consistently

good. 75% of schools will get a standard inspection and 13%

of schools will get a full inspection. It’s nice to know that we

fall into the top 13% category.

I should imagine we’ll be beginning the summer holidays

before this article sees the light of day so let’s hope we all have

a wonderful, safe summer. We look forward to welcoming you

back in September when many of you I’m sure will have some

wonderful stories to tell.

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